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Summer Reads: July/August "Archival Outlook"

In this issue of Archival Outlook, learn about a mass digitization project uniting collections related to the history of genetics, discover how to effectively advocate through institutional alignment, read about New Orleans’s eclectic cuisine, and much more. The PDF is available here; the print issue will be mailed in early August.

Comment Now on Draft Strategic Plan Actions

Based on the Goals and Strategies adopted by the Council in May 2013 and member comments received throughout the Strategic Plan review process to date, the Council has drafted proposed Actions to move the organization toward achievement of its Goals. The Council welcomes member comment on the proposed Actions through July 30, 2013, as well as in person at an Open Forum on the Strategic Plan to be held at the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15, from noon to 1:15 pm. Read more here.

Give Back While in New Orleans!

A committed team of volunteer organizers has arranged for several community service opportunities early in the Joint Annual Meeting. If you’re able to volunteer on Tuesday or Wednesday, click here for information about how you can help the City Park Archives, the Louisiana Historical Center, the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lower Ninth Ward Project, or the St. Bernard Project.  Deadline for volunteering: August 9.

First-Timer’s Guide to the Joint Annual Meeting

Members of SAA’s Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable (SNAP) have compiled a guide to assist first-time conference attendees in making their time at the Joint Annual Meeting as productive and stress-free as possible. Check here for tips on how to make connections, learn, and have fun!

Open Your Repository to ARCHIVES 2013 Attendees!

Your New Orleans-area colleagues represent some of the most diverse and interesting repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for ARCHIVES 2013 attendees on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14. View the current list of repository tours organized by our dynamic Host Committee here. To add a tour of your repository to the list, contact Carol Bartels, 2013 Host Committee chair (

ARCHIVES 2013 Advance Registration Ends July 15!

Avoid the lines! Advance registration closes on Monday, July 15. Register today for ARCHIVES 2013 and save at least $60 off onsite registration rates.

SAA Comments on NARA Draft Strategic Plan

Citing “much in your draft that resonates with our own [strategic plan],” SAA President Jackie Dooley’s letter to NARA in response to the agency’s draft strategic plan suggests reconsidering the proposed objective of digitizing all analog records, adding an objective to encourage external professional involvement by NARA employees, and adding a statement emphasizing “the importance of NHPRC in supporting the national archival community by enabling access by more people to more historical records.” Read SAA’s comments here.

DACS Second Edition in Print and PDF

Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) is available both in print and PDF. This new edition reflects the growing convergence among archival, museum, and library standards; aligns DACS with the descriptive standards developed and supported by the International Council on Archives; and provides guidance on the creation of archival authority records. Click here to access the free PDF; the print edition is available for purchase in the SAA Bookstore.

ARCHIVES 2013 Early Bird Rate Extended to July 10!

There’s still time to save! The early-bird registration date has been extended until close of business on Wednesday, July 10. Register today for ARCHIVES 2013 and save at least $110 off onsite registration rates.

Minutes of May Council Meeting Adopted

Browse the minutes of the May 15-17, 2013, Council meeting here.

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